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Thursday, September 21, 2017
England's top clubs showcased
their strength in depth in the
League Cup yesterday, with Chel-
sea, Manchester United, Man-
chester City, Arsenal and Everton
all advancing to the last 16 despite
ielding virtual second-string line-
Back-up forwards had a particu-
larly fruitful time on an evening
when the yawning gap between
the Premier League and the lower
leagues was highlighted.
Michy Batshuayi netted a hat
trick for Chelsea in a 5 1 win over
Nottingham Forest, while Marcus
Rashford and Anthony Martial
were paired up front for Manches-
ter United and both scored in a 4 1
win over Burton Albion.
In other Premier League vs.
League Championship match-
ups, Everton beat Sunderland 3 0
thanks to a double from young
striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin
and Arsenal overcame Doncas-
ter 1 0 courtesy of a irst-half goal
from Theo Walcott.
Leroy Sane scored in each half
for Manchester City in a 2 1 win at
West Bromwich Albion, with the
result soured for the visitors by
the sight of Ilkay Gundogan going
off injured in the mid ielder's irst
start in nine months after a cruci-
ate knee ligament injury.
A closer look at yesterday's ive
Batshuayi is facing another
season as the reserve striker at
Chelsea after Alvaro Morata was
signed in the offseason as a re-
placement for Diego Costa, who
doesn't igure in coach Antonio
The Belgium international took
his chance to impress with Mor-
ata having the night off, scoring
in the 19th, 53rd and 86th min-
utes at Stamford Bridge. Kenedy
and Charly Musonda also scored
for the English champions, for
whom Ethan Ampadu became
the irst Chelsea player born this
millennium --- a week after his 17th
Eden Hazard impressed on his
irst start of the season after a bro-
UNITED BEGINS TITLE DEFENCE
Two goals in the opening 17 min-
utes by Rashford set Man United
irst game of its title defence.
Jesse Lingard and Martial added
more goals for Jose Mourinho's
side, which has also scored four
goals in three of its irst ive games
in the Premier League.
"We look happy playing foot-
ball in this moment," said Mour-
inho, who didn't even include
top scorer Romelu Lukaku in the
squad for the match.
It was a contrasting evening for
Man City's two Germany interna-
tionals at West Brom.
While Sane was scoring in each
half --- including the winning goal
at the end of a rapid counter-at-
tack in the 77th minute --- Gundo-
gan lasted just 59 minutes before
being substituted with an appar-
ent knee injury following a heavy
tackle from Claudio Yacob.
Yacob went on to equalize for
"He has a small issue with his
knee, but not like before," City
manager Pep Guardiola said of
Gundogan, "and I don't think it
will be anything serious."
RESPITE FOR KOEMAN
Everton ended a run of four
straight losses, when the team
didn't score a goal, to provide
some relief for manager Ronald
Without Romelu Lukaku, who
was sold to Man United in the
offseason, Everton lacks a pro-
li ic striker this season but two
forwards were on the scoresheet
The 20-year-old Calvert-Lewin
scored in the 38th and 51st min-
utes, while Senegal international
Oumar Niasse grabbed the third
--- his irst goal for Everton in his
irst appearance for the club since
MADRID---Real Madrid's faltering
start to the Spanish league season
continued yesterday with a shock
1 0 defeat at home to Real Betis.
A day after league leader Bar-
celona routed Eibar 6 1 with four
goals by Lionel Messi for its ifth
win in a row, Madrid conceded an
injury time goal to remain winless
in its three league games so far at
the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Paraguayan striker Antoino
Sanabria scored the winner with
a header from close range to give
Betis its irst win against Madrid at
the Bernabeu since 1998.
Madrid, which was coming off
home draws against Valencia and
Levante, is seven points behind
Barcelona after ive games. It
trails Betis by one point.
Second-place Sevilla moved
within two points of Barcelona
by beating Las Palmas 1 0 for its
fourth consecutive league victory.
Third-place Atletico won 2 1 at
Deportivo La Coruna handed
Alaves its ifth straight loss with a
1 0 victory at the Riazor Stadium.
Luisinho scored in irst-half in-
jury time to give the hosts their
irst win after three losses in the
irst four matches. Malaga is the
only other team to have lost all of
its matches so far. It was routed
5 0 at Valencia on Tuesday.
Leganes and Girona failed to
take their chances in a goalless
irst meeting in the top flight.
Both teams created clear scor-
ing opportunities but Leganes,
playing in the Liga for the second
season, had to settle for a point
with promoted Girona.
Leganes stayed in the top half
of the standings, in eighth place,
while Girona was 14th. (AP)
ROME---With a three-goal burst in
the space of ive minutes, Napoli
showed why many believe the
southern club has the potential to
win its irst Serie A title in nearly
Overturning an early de icit, Ka-
lidou Koulibaly, Jose Callejon and
Dries Mertens scored early in the
second half of a 4 1 win over Lazio
on Wednesday to extend Napoli's
While six-time defending cham-
pion Juventus also remained per-
fect with an unimpressive 1 0 win
over 10-man Fiorentina, Napoli
tops the table on goal difference.
Ciro Immobile set up Stefan de
Vrij for Lazio's opener as Napoli
appeared in dif iculty at the Sta-
dio Olimpico. But one defensive
lapse was all the visitors needed
Raul Albiol was left unmarked
at the far post for a corner and
while his shot was parried by
Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strako-
sha, Koulibaly put in the rebound.
Callejon then found the target
with an angled shot from inside
the area and Mertens rounded
out the rapid- ire scoring with a
long-distance lob after Strakosha
was drawn out of position.
Lorenzo Insigne nearly added
another, but his effort hit the post
a few minutes later.
Jorginho added a penalty for
Napoli in added time.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Al-
legri stormed off the pitch at the
inal whistle in the Bianconeri's
victory over Fiorentina.
The visitors were reduced to 10
men after Mario Mandzukic's goal
early in the second half but Juven-
tus wasted a series of chances to
extend its lead. Juan Cuadrado
put in a strong performance on
the right flank and provided the
cross for Mandzukic to crouch
down and score with a header.
Fiorentina mid ielder Milan
Badelj picked up his second yel-
low card for a foul on Blaise Matu-
idi. The referee initially called for
a penalty but changed his mind
after consulting the video assis-
Edin Dzeko scored twice as
Roma comfortably won 4 0 at
AC Milan beat promoted Spal
2 0 with penalties from Ricardo
Rodriguez and Frank Kessie.
Also, it was: Atalanta 5, Crotone
1; Cagliari 0, Sassuolo 1; Genoa 1,
Chievo Verona 1; Hellas Verona 0,
Sampdoria 0; and Udinese 2, To-
Juventus' Mario Mandzukic scores a goal during the Italian Series A match
between Juventus and Fiorentina at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy,
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo
closes his eyes during the La Liga
match between Real Madrid and
Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu
stadium in Madrid, yesterday.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard, right, competes for the ball with Nottingham Forest's
Michael Mancienne during the English League Cup match at Stamford
Bridge stadium in London, yesterday
Goals flow for England's
top clubs in League Cup
With 3 goals in 5 minutes, Napoli shows off its potential
THE DRAW FOR THE LAST 16:
Tottenham vs West Ham
Bristol City vs Crystal Palace
Swansea vs Manchester United
Arsenal vs Norwich
Chelsea vs Everton
Manchester City vs Wolverhampton
Leicester vs Leeds
Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough
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